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released by north korea state media shows 85-year-old merrill newman now detained more than a month reading an apology. he asks for forgiveness for allegedly killing north korean soldiers and civilians during the korean war. the video shows newman stamping the statement with red thumbprints, but it couldn't be confirmed if newman wrote the apology. diplomatic experts say the video could be a sign. >> this may be a prelude to figuring out what it can extract from the united states for this release and then the release. >> reporter: newman, a korean war veteran dreamed of visiting north korea. last month he fulfilled the dream, touring with a friend. relatives say he was on a plane getting ready to leave when a north korean military officer took him into custody. last week newman's wife spoke with nbc news. >> we have a lot of strong support. but when you don't know where your husband of 56 years is, you don't know his health, you don't know when he will be home with us, it's not an easy situation. >> reporter: today, a state department official said the swedish embassy in north korea which h
against the state." his family talked about newman's visit with the swedish ambassador saying it's giving them hope he is in good health. according to a statement issued by the family, the 85-year-old reports he's "being treated well and that the food is good." officials have been detaining newman since october. he was on vacation there, getting ready to leave the country, when officials reportedly took him off the plane. just yesterday, video of the korean war veteran surfaced, shows him reading an apology. an expert says it's clear these were not his words. >> clearly a forced confession. the language is not the language that would be used by an american and some of the syntax and the grammar made no sense. >> reporter: in the video, he asks for forgiveness for allegedly killing north korean soldiers and civilians during the korean war. >> you can understand from looking at the way in which mr. newman was treated that for the north koreans, in some sense the war is not over. >> reporter: the video, released by north korea's state run media, shows newman stamping the statement with his t
newman's wife spoke to nbc news earlier this week. the family said nothing in response to a video of the 85-year-old that surfaced yesterday. on that video released by north korea's official news agency, he's seen reading a handwritten apology. at the end of the statement he bows, then there is video of the korean war veteran putting his thumb print on each page of his confession. an expert says this is clear a force add poll ji. it's likely newman read it with the hope it would secure his release. >> i think by doing what the north koreans, have done, it's dangerous for any american to go to north korea. anybody with association with the korean war, they are saying, that's sufficient for them to put you under arrest. that's a scary situation. >> north korea is accusing newman of being a, quote, criminal involved in the killing of civilians during the korean war. newman has been missing since hate october when north korean officials took him off a plane as he was getting ready to leave that country where he spent ten days as a tourist. newman has a heart condition which requires m
an 85-year-old man merrill newman from california who is being held in north korea. a month ago, newman, a tourist, was pulled from a plane on the runway just before headeg home from north korea. as terrell brown reports, his family still has no idea wheny he's been detained or when he might be released. >> reporter: merrill newman is 85 years old with a heart condition. his son, jeff, says it's been more than three weeks since anyone has heard from him. >> we've been in regular contact with the state department since the beginning of the detention, but we don't have any new information. >> reporter: newman, a korean war veteran, went to the country on a cite seeing tour with a friend last month. he was arrested after boarding his flight home to pal bradshaw, california. robert carlin is a cbs news analyst. >> why they would hold an american citizen at exactly the time they're trying to get more tourists into the country seems to me a little odd. >> reporter: korean war veterans and tourists have been traveling to north korea in recent years without incident, but newman reportedly had a
for a month. yesterday pyongyang showed american merrill newman apologize for killing american soldiers during the war. they saw it as blatant propaganda. now newman and another american may be in the pawns in a much bigger game. >> i'm well and food is good, that's the message 85-year-old american merrill newman sent to his family from north korea where he's under arrest and accuse of war crimes. newman who was arrested a month ago at the end of a package or to the so-called hermit state was visited by swedish diplomats at the weekend. the diplomats say he is receiving medication for heart condition and getting regular doctors' visits. almost over the weekend the north korean authorities received a confession from newman in which he apologized for training an highly secret an anti-communist force of guerrilla fighters. it was deep behind enemy lines. the north koreans say that when newman returned to the country in october he was trying to renew ties with old comrades. it's not clear whether newman was forced to make this statement and whether any of the facts mentioned in it are accurate. it
-run media releasing the videotape showing 85-year-old m merrill newman reading from a statement and confessing to alleged crimes. new mon served in the korean war and was taken into custody during a trip in late october of this year. >> hey there, gregg. this alleged confession goes into quite some detail into newman's past, for example, he reads out in his statement precisely what he'd been up to during the war. he had actually served as an adviser to one of the united nations regiments out there, that was under the far east command, and he goes into detail about how he came to north korea basically to meet surviving soldiers, pray for their souls of the dead and he said in a statement he was planning to meet any surviving soldiers and put them in touch with their comrades in arms association down in south korea. this association is considered an enemy of the state by the north koreans, gregg, and that is probably what they described as the hostile activity they've accused him of undertaking on his trip back in october. this is how in his read-out statement he described his all
and what it might reveal about north korea's plan for merrill newman. >>> does any of it add up? >>> a new trend for medical appointments. why there may be strength in numbers visiting the doctor. >>> good evening. we start with some developing news. the u.s. is urging north korea to release an 85-year-old man held there for more than a month. merrill newman is a korean war veteran. north korea charged him with hostile acts against the state. kimberly perry is in pal palo a with the latest. >> reporter: he does have a heart condition that requires medication. so far, the family said nothing in response to the video of the 85-year-old that surfaced yesterday. on that video on north korea's official news agency, he is seen reading a handwritten apology. he bows and then there is video of the korean war veteran putting thumb print on each page of his written confession. >> it's a forced confession. the language is not the language that would be used by an american and some of the syntax and grammar made no sense. it's something written by the north koreans. he read it. obviously with the hope
to see an 85-year-old palo alto man held in north korea, merrill newman held in the country for more than a month and the north koreans say received a videotaped apoll jie from the man. the video shows merrill newman bowing to the camera and signing a handwritten note. in it the 85-year-old korean war veteran apologizes for killing north korean soldiers and civilians six decades ago. >> killed three innocent operators. >> the statement newman read dated november #9dth was filled with grammatical errors and it's unclear if he was coerced into reading it. stamford professor an pert on north korea calls this video propaganda but saying it might be a sign of something positive. >> it's clearly something he did under some dures and hopefully will read to his release. the the retiree was taken into custody by north korean authorities back in october during a private tour of the country. newman it says admitted to committing hostile acts against the government. by searching for surviving soldiers he trained to fight the north during the war. >> i asked my guide to help know look for their famili
on north korea to release merrill newman. the north koreans released a video in which the 85-year-old supposedly is apology. >> this video released by north korean authorities claims to show merrill newman reading an alleged apology. >> on this trip i want understand that in u.s. and western countries there is misleading information and propaganda about pprk. >> the video and 4-page statement cannot be independently verified. it cared on the north korean newsagency accusing merrill newman of: >> it alleges he was involved in the killings of service personnel and civilians. >> attacking communication systems and killing three enjoyment people. >> merrill newman served in the korean war. he visited as a tourist when detained in october 2012. newman's son said he wanted to return. all the other tourists in his dad's group were allowed to fly home. >> they had checked out of the hotel, gone to the airport. boarded the plane and were five minutes were taking off when a korean official came on board. he hasn't been seen since. >> lee newman wants her husband home safely and hopes he's g
-old merrill newman. north korean state media have released video showing what they say is a confession and an apology. former u.n. ambassador bill richardson was asked about newman's case. >> the north koreans seem to be seeking a bargaining chip here with mr. newman. he's 85 years old. he's got a heart condition. they went into the airplane, took him out of the airplane as he was leaving pyongyang and brought him back. this is the new regime of kim jong-un in the past there was a certain pattern to these detentions. there was a trial. there were confessions. but then there was a negotiation to get him out. in this case, nothing seems to follow a set pattern. >> the war veteran being held as a former member of a u.s. special forces group. they were called the white tigers. who were they and what was their mission? i'll ask a former white tiger who joins me live, next. as a business owner, i'm constantly putting out fires. so i deserve a small business credit card with amazing rewards. with the spark cash card from capital one, i get 2% cash back on every purchase, every day. i break my
>>> right now at 11:00, an unnerving video, this is the first time we have seen merrill newman of palo alto since he was taken off a plane in north korea. good evening. i'm diane dwyer. raj and jessica have the night off. we begin with a developing story. tonight north korea confirmed it has arrested merrill newman and accused him of hostile acts against the government. then just about two hours ago a video of newman surfaced on youtube. on it he's heard confessing his alleged crimes and explaining what happened while visiting that country. >> shall i ask my guide to help me to look for their families and relatives living in dprk, and i gave the document written with their addresses and e-mail addresses to the guide in the hotel. >> reporter: at the end of the statement newman bows and then there's video of the veteran putting his thumbprint on each page. it is important to remember that north korea has coerced statements and confesses from detainees in the past. newman has missing since late october when officials took him off a plane as he was getting ready to leave that coun
to know that the 85-year-old is in good health. good evening. i'm ama dates. meryl newman was taken off a plane by north korean authorities on october 26th and his family hasn't heard from him since. lisa amin gulezian has the details we learned about the korean war vet. lisa? >> meryl newman left his home a month ago for a much anticipated trip to north korea. tonight as you can see behind me, yellow ribbons were tied by friends and neighbors to act as a symbol of his safe return. >> using explosives obtained from attacking the mine. >> it is what they call an apology letter. in it he confesses to acts against north korea committed betweens the war and even during his recent trip. according to routers he served in a top secret army that trained a south korean guerrilla group. >> the hoover institute fellow wrote about north korea in his book, america and the rogue states. he is not sure if newman will be released especially if the regime considers him a war criminal. but he thinks newman is being used. >> there is a real possibility that the confession will be used you to extract somet
? >> these are major developments. not only are we seeing and hearing about newman, but we are hearing about what lead to his detainment. >> these are the first images since he was detained from the north korean government. newman is reading what is an apology letter that explains what he did against the north when he fought in the korean war. >> they collected information and attacked the commune cation system and killed three innocent operators. >> the korean central news agency says he masterminded espionage and subversive activities and in this course he was involved in killings of service personnel of the korean people's army and innocent civilians. earlier this week his wife broke her silence pleading for his released. >> we hope whatever that misunderstanding is will be resolved very quickly and that he can return and be at our table for the holidays. >> what is not clear is who wrote the alleged apology letter. in the past the north korean government has been accused of coercing statements from detainees. in the video new man promised to tell the truth about the country if they let him go. a p
, merrill newman, the 84-year-old palo alto man accused of espionage by the north korean government allegedly confessed to his crimes and apologized. any reaction there? >> there's concern that merrill newman's heart condition may be a problem while he's being detained overseas. meanwhile we have word he has issued an apology. take a listen. >> mark: in --. >> reporter: in a taped statement, korean war veteran merrill newman apologized for his actions including during the korean war. >> collected information of the kpa and attacked communication system and killed three innocent operators, delayed them ammunition supply using explosives, and they attacked the kpa and harassing operations of the rear base 10 times. arms association escaped from dtrk to south korea. so i asked my guy to help me to look for their families and relatives. >> reporter: the korean central news agency issued a statement, claiming from newman. he was escortded off his flight last month after a 10-day tour of korea. they claimed he perpetrated acts of infringing upon the dignities and sovereignties of the dpr
newman, but we are hearing about what lead to his detainment. >> these are the first images since he was detained from the north korean government. newman is reading what is an apology letter that explains what he did against the north when he fought in the korean war. >> they collected information and attacked the commune cation system and killed three innocent operators. >> the korean central news agency says he masterminded espionage and subversive activities and in this course he was involved in killings of service personnel of the korean people's army and innocent civilians. earlier this week his wife broke her silence pleading for his released. >> we hope whatever that misunderstanding is will be resolved very quickly and that he can return and be at our table for the holidays. >> what is not clear is who wrote the alleged apology letter. in the past the north korean government has been accused of coercing statements from detainees. in the video new man promised to tell the truth about the country if they let him go. a possible indication of his released. >> i can understand in
. ama? >> these are major developments. not only are we seeing and hearing about newman, but we are hearing about what lead to his detainment. >> these are the first images since he was detained from the north korean government. newman is reading what is an apology letter that explains what he did against the north when he fought in the korean war. >> they collected information and attacked the commune cation system and killed three innocent operators. >> the korean central news agency says he masterminded espionage and subversive activities and in this course he was involved in killings of service personnel of the korean people's army and innocent civilians. earlier this week his wife broke her silence pleading for his released. >> we hope whatever that misunderstanding is will be resolved very quickly and that he can return and be at our table for the holidays. >> what is not clear is who wrote the alleged apology letter. in the past the north korean government has been accused of coercing statements from detainees. in the video new man promised to tell the truth about the cou
war. >> this video claims to show 85 years merrill newman reading an allegealleged apology. >> there is misleading information and pro propaganda. >> reporter: the video and statement cannot be independen independently verified. it aired on the north korea news agency and accused newman of he espionage and subversive activities and involved in the killing of military personnel and civilians. newman served in the korean war. the veteran and grandfather was visiting north korea as a tourist when authorities detained him in october 26th. his family has not heard from him since. newman's son said his father wanted to return to the country where he fought for three years. he says all of the other tourists in his dad's group were allowed to fly home. >> they checked out of the hotel, gone to the airport, boarded the plane, and we understand they were five minutes from taking off when a korean official came on board, asked to see his passport, and he has been there ever since. >> reporter: lee newman just wants her husband of 56 years home safely, and hopes he's getting the medica
the korean war. in a new video, 85-year-old merrill newman says he's sorry for killing civilians an troops. in the alleged apology, he says the u.s. isn't telling the truth about north korea. he's one of two americans being held in north korea currently. >>> the u.s. won't recognize china's newly created air defense zone over the east china satis sea but is advising air carriers to stay away. last week china declared the area off limits. china and japan have claimed ownership of several islands in the east china sea. some fear the standoff could lead to violence intended or not. >> a shooting, a stabbing, a mob brawl. just another black friday. with chaos reported from north carolina to nevada, alexander field is not brawling. she's following the black friday brawls, though. alexandra, tell us the worst of it. do we want to know? >> reporter: miguel, fortunately, the shopping scene is feeling a little more sane today. yesterday those black friday shoppers came out with their claws and really a whole lot more. it's getting downright dangerous, that hunt for deals year after year. check out
. newman to he can return home and reunite with his family. the white house also urged them to release kenneth bay, another american held in the country for more than a year. let me bring in carl on the phone in tokyo. do we know if newman has had any contact with western officials? >> caller: we do. in fact, we understand from the state department that on saturday a swedish diplomat did visit newman. we haven't had word about the state of his health right now but certainly that swedish diplomats had access. u.s. diplomats can't meet because north korea and the u.s. don't have diplomatic ties. when one looks at the video where he reads his confession, he looks in reasonable health. >> now, do you think his apology is going to help him any in this case? >> caller: that really is the big question now. in the past, it may have been sufficient to make this kind of public apology to then be granted some kind of pardon and be sent on your way. because of the issues right now, it's not quite clear. i have been talking to a number of political analysts here in japan who followed the north kore
-old, saying: >> al jazeera's alan fisher has more. >> 85-year-old merrill newman was about to leave north korea after a 10-day tour in october. he has now appeared on tv reading a confession. >>... attacked a communication system killing three incident operators. used explosives obtained from attacking the mine. attacking kpa and harassing the rear face 10 times in the area. >> the statement which contained oddly constructed sentences and errors said merrill newman tried to meet with soldiers he trained during the war. >> i asked my guy to help me look for family and relatives and i gave a document with addresses and email addresses to the guide. >> the confession was allegedly recorded on 9 november but there was no comment from merrill newman to confirm details. one korean watcher says the timing of the arrest is odd. >> it's created problems with the relations. the united states at the time where they need good relations. it's creating problems with the tourist industry at the time when the north korean government is serious about threatening foreign tourists in
korean videotape, captive american tourist merrill newman is seen for the first time in nearly five weeks. reading from an awkwardly phrased text, newman, an 85-year-old retired finance executive from california, appears to be apologizing for what he calls hostile acts against the communist north korean. >> that in u.s. and western countries, there is misleading information and propaganda. >> reporter: new man had been an infantry officer in the korean war, a soldier, like the troops them moralized here. his friends and family said a lifelong dream had been to return to the land where he fought as a young man, this time, on a sightseeing tour. soldiers who fought alongside newman told the news agency reuters that half a century ago he helped coordinate some of the most daring missions of the korean war -- a conflict the north koreans still see as ongoing, since no peace treaty was ever signed. newman was about to return home, when a government official took him off a plane without explanation. the united states has no official diplomatic relations with north korea, but swedish embassy off
the korean war. the white house is responding to meryl newman's apology saying in part, given mr. newman's advanced age and health conditions, we urge the dprk to release mr. newman so he may return home and reunite with his family. >>> the white house is also asking for fellow detainee kenneth bay to be released, the question now, of course, will newman's apology help him get released. here's cnn's karl penhaul in tokyo. >> reporter: state media is reporting that the north korean authorities are accusing american retiree meryl newman of hostilities toward north korea, of infringing on its sovereignty and dignitdignity, and it sound mumbo jumbo until you look at the detail what they're accusing him of. they are focusing heavily on mr. newman's record as a u.s. officer. they say that he engaged in espionage, subversion and sabotage activities during the korean war and also significantly during a short period after the war ended. in a taped and written confession, mr. newman says that he did train and advise a covert and clandestine group of anti-communist parties and guerrillas who operat
and accuses newman of, quote, masterminded espionage and subversive treatment. >> killed three innocent operatorrers. >> newman served in the korean war. he was in north korea as a tourist when the government detained him on october 26th. newman said his father wanted to return to the country where he fought for three years. he said all the other tourist in his dad's group were allowed to fly home. >> they had checked out of the hotel, gone to the airport, boarded the plane and we understand were five minutes from taking off when an korean official came on board, asked to see his bas passport, and has bn there every since. >> lee newman wants her home. safely and hopes he's getting the medication he needs for his heart conditions. >> we hope whatever the misunderstanding is can be resolved quickly and he can return and be at our table for the holidays. >> reporter: right now it's not clear if that will happen. erica ferrari, al jazeera. >> still ahead, small businesses hope to cash in on the post thanksgiving shopping frenzy, and today is the deadline set by the president who had the af
newman's family sees. >> attacked the communications system and killed three innocent operators. >> reporter: in this video released by the north korean government, merrill newman of palo alto reads a statement his captors claim is an apology for alleged crimes during the war. >> in the u.s. and western countries there is misleading propaganda. >> reporter: his supposed apology was not show in the video. the korean war veteran reportedly writes he's guilty for a long list of crimes and asks forgiveness. he was taken in an airplane when he prepared to fly home. here at his retirement home neighbors put up yellow ribbons. >> what could somebody 85 do? i'm 96 and i wonder what i would do if i got put in jail. >> there's no history of 85-year-old grandfather getting pulled off a plane and not being permit today come home. it's completely unprecedented. >> reporter: newman's wife and son spoke earlier this week with cbs correspondent john black stone. >> fly to beijing and then paddle boat across. >> i said i would sit in the street. i'd do whatever i could do. >> reporter: the so-ca
korea believes newman's so-called apology video could be a good sign that he could be coming home. and those here in his retirement community are also hopeful he may be coming home season. yellow ribbons are being tied outside this facility where merrill newman lives, a symbolic wish for his safe return home. >> i think it's horrible. what harm could he do? >> reporter: this newly released video is the first anyone's seen of newman since he was detained by the korean government more than a month ago. newman is reading from what the state news agency calls an apology letter, that explains what he did against the north when he fought in the korean war. >> collected information of the kpa and attacked communication system and killed three innocent operators. >> reporter: in the past, the north korean government has been accused of coercing statements from detainees. >> understand that in u.s. and western countries, there is misleading information and propaganda about dprk. >> reporter: that's north korea's official name. newman promises to tell the truth about north korea if they let
newman last heard from merrill newman, her husband of 56 years. now she is breaking her silence. >> we just hope whatever that misunderstanding is will be resolved very quickly and that he can return and be at our table for the holidays. >> reporter: the newman family's big question -- why was merrill arrested while all of the other tourists with him were allowed to fly home? >> they had checked out of the hotel, gone to the airport, boarded the plane, and we understand were five minutes from taking off when the korean official came aboard, asked to see his passport and he's been there ever since. >> reporter: merrill newman, served in the korean war, which remans a very sensitive topic in north korea. i have reported from there five times, always under tight supervision by a government minder. >> i feel like i'm being guided. >> reporter: we were encouraged to watch films claiming north korea won the war. some accusing americans of war crimes. but we know other american vets have traveled there without incident. so why would merrill newman be an exception? >> that's part of the puzzle
information and propaganda. >> reporter: the new images of newman prompted a new rebuke from the obama administration. given newman's advanced age and health conditions, we urge the dprk to release mr. newman so he may return home and reunite with his family. the united states has no official diplomatic relations with north korea, but swedish embassy officials visited newman on saturday, they said he's alive and receiving his medication. the newman family implored the north korean government to take into account his health and his age and as an act of humanitarian compassion allow him to depart immediately for home. now, there's optimism for his release, given his apparent treatment so far and reality of how serious this captivity is. another american also accused has been held for more than a year. the state department and the white house warning again to u.s. citizens not to travel to north korea. dan and bianna. >> jeff, our thanks to you. >>> this is a crucial weekend for the obama administration on another front the deadline has come and gone for fixing the disastrous healthcare.g
will need to enrol by december 23rdrd. >> north korea has released a video of merrill newman, he supposedly apologised for decades old war crimes. the u.s. is calling for north korea to release thele 85-year-old saying: >> al jazeera america's allen fisher with more. 85-year-old merrill newman was about to leave north korea after a 10-day tour when he was arrested. he's appeared on state tv reading an alleged confession. >> we attacked a communication system, attacked three incident operators. used explosives and attacked the k kpa 10 times in one area. >> the statement which contained oddly constructed sentences said merrill newman tried to meet with soldiers he trained during the war. >> i asked my guide to help look for families and relatives and gave the document written with their addresses and email addresses to the guide in the hotel. >> the confession was recorded on november the 9th. there was no direct comment from merrill newman to confirm details. the government in pyongyang has been accused of forcing statements from detainees. a watcher says the timing of the arrest is odd. >>
merrill newman has been held by that country for months given his advanced age and health conditions we urge you to release in newman so he can return home an reunited with his family. >> 85-year-old merrill newman was about to leave north korea after a ten-day tour in october we he was arrested. he is now on tv talking about trading guerrilla's 60 years ago. >> they attacked a communication system and killed three innocent operators and they laid the munition supply and using explosives obtained from attacking the mine and they attacked the kpa and harassing operations of the rear base ten times. >> the statement that contained oddly constructed statements and grammatical errors saying that newman had met with soldiers that he trained during the war. i asked my guy to help me look for families and relatives living in dp committee and i gave their addresses to the guide in the hotel. >> the confession was recorded on november 9th but there was no direct connection to newman to confirm the details. one korea watcher says the timing of the east are is very odd. >> it's created problems is
to free an 85-year-old u.s. arm y veteran being held as a war criminal. this, as merrill newman's family gets an update on his health. abc's jeff zeleny is covering the story from the white house. jeff, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dan. what began as a trip of a lifetime, has turned into a nightmare for this american war veteran in north korea. the white house is weighing in for the first time, urging north korea to release a u.s. veteran of the korean war, held for nearly five weeks. merrill newman, an 85-year-old retired california finance executive and grandfather, was an a sightseeing trip to north korea when he was detained on october 26th. he reappeared this weekend. in a videotaped message, he apologized for what he called hostile acts. >> on this trip, i can understand that in u.s. and western countries there is misleading information and propaganda about dprk. >> reporter: the new images of newman prompted a new rebuke from the obama administration. given mr. newman's advanced age and health conditions, we urge the dprk to release mr. newman so he may return home and
: in a taped statement, korean war veteran merrell newman apologized for his actions. >> they collected information of the kpa and attacked a communication system and killed three innocent operators, delayed the the munition supply and attacked the kpa0 times in the province. the armed association escaped so i ask my guide to help me to look for their families and relatives. >> reporter: the korean central news agency released a statement. it claims it is from newman. he was escorted off his flight last month after a 0-day tour of north korea. the story claims newman tried searching for spice and terrorists that conducted espionage against the dprk and that he perpetrated actions in slappedderring the socialist system. >> that is alecia reid reporting. newman's family issued a statement saying they are concerned about his well-being and they're hoping that the dprk will quickly confirmed that he is being looked after and is in good health. they're also hoping that he has received his medication and are hoping it will be possible to resolve this misunderstanding so that newman can quickl
's in good health. the swedish ambassador was able to meet him on friday. >> reporter: after merrill newman received his first visitors after being detained more than a month ago, his family said he's received the medications that we sent him and medical personnel are checking on his health several times a day, they said in a statement. merrill reports he's being well treated and that the food is good. the white house released a statement this weekend saying it was deeply concerned about the welfare of newman, along with american kenneth bay who was detained more than a year ago. >> we're always hopeful that this increased attention to the case is moving things along. that it's moving in the right direction. >> reporter: as for newman, he's a korean war veteran who now calls california home. last month he fulfilled a dream by returning to north korea for a nine-day visit, but a military officer took him into custody at the airport as he was about to leave. on saturday, video of newman surfaced. it was released by korean state media where newman apologized for hostile acts, including civilia
that north korea admits to arresting newman. late last night this video of him reading and signing an apology aired on state media. the 85-year-old has been held for more than a month and the family and white house are growing more concerned about his well-being. >> ktvu's alex savidge explains that some analysts see that video of an apology as a hopeful sign. >> reporter: the video shows merrill newman reading the note and the korean war veteran apologies for killing north korean civilians and soldiers six decades ago. >> attacked a communication system. >> reporter: the statement newman read dated novemberth was filled with grammatical errors and it remains unclear if he was coerced into reading it. stanford professor daniel snyder, an expert on now, calls this video "propaganda," but says it may be a sign of something positive. >> it's clearly something that he did, under some duress and hopefully, to lead to his release. >> reporter: the retiree from palo alto was taken into custody by north korean authorities back in october, during a private tour of the country. the state-run news ag
american apologizing for korean war crimes. 85-year-old merrill newman has been held for about a month. the korean war veteran was taken into custody just minutes before his plane was scheduled to take off last month. cnn's karl plive with the lates. >> reporter: north korea state report accuse veteran merrill newman of host yifts toethz north korea, saying he infringed insort and dignity and slandered the socialist system. all that sounds a little like political mumbo jumbo until you look at the detail of exactly what they're auccusing him of. north korea is focusing heavily on his record as a u.s. officer, saying he engaged in espionage, subversion and also sabotage activities during the korean war and also significantly during a short period after the war ended. in a taped and written confession, mr. newman says that he did train and advise a covert and clandestine group of anti-communist party who operated behind enemy lines inside north korea. that unit is the 6th partisan infantry regiment, a group military historians say was controlled by the united states and united nations and
. >> merrill newman has been held by north korea for more than a month. the united states is calling for his release, saying: >> 85-year-old merrill newman was about to leave north korea after a 10-day tour in october when arrested. he's appeared on state tv reading an alleged confession. >> ..information of the kpa, attacked the communication system, killing three innocent operators. delayed munition supply using explosives obtained from attacking the mind. he attacked the kpa... >> the statement constaining oddly constructed sentences and errors says newman tried to meet with soldiers he trained during the war. >> i asked my guy to look for families and relatives living in the dpra. i gave email addresses and names to the guide. >> the confession was written on november the 9th. the government has been forced confessions in the past. the timing is odd. >> the time they need good relations. it's creating problems in the tourist industry, at a time when the north korean government is serious about a threat to foreign tourists in north korea. >> if he returns to the u.s. he'll tell the truth
: merrill newman read from what the state news agency calls an apology letter. in it he confesses to acts against north korea committed during the war and even during his recent trip. according to "royters" he served in a top secret army unit that trained a south army anti-communist group. >> a senior agent wrote about north korea in his book, america and the rogue states. he's not sure if newman will be released, especially if they consider him a war criminal, but he does think newman is being used. >> there's a real possibility that the confession will be used since this phony confession has been used, to extract something from the united states. >> like in 2009 when kim jong-il demanded a meeting with president bill clinton before releasing two journalists. but the video has shaken those back home. >> the poor guy. >> feel bad for i am him. >> newman's family would not comment on the videotape, but did say the swedish ambassador told them that, quote, he is being well-treated and that the food is good." in palo alto, abc news. >> the u.s. state department has reviewed the north korean
their names. nbc joe fryer reports. >> reporter: the video reeindi e video voes shows newman asking for an apology. the video shows newman stamping the statement with red thumbprint guz couldnthumb but it up thumbprints. >> a prelude to figuring out from the united states for this release and then the release. >> reporter: newman, korean war veteran, dreamed of visiting north korea and last month fulfilled that dream, touring the region with a friend. he was on a plane getting ready to leave when a north korean military officer took him into custody. last week newman's wife spoke with nbc news. >> we have a lot of strong support but it's not -- when you don't know where your husband of 56 years is, you don't know his health, you don't know when he will be home with us, it's not an easy situation. >> reporter: the swedish embassy in north korea, which handles issues dealing with u.s. citizens, was granted access to newman. another u.s. citizen has been detained in north korea for more than a year, and in a statement the white house said it was deeply concerned about the welfare of bo
. >> reporter: merrill newman read from what the state news agency calls an apology letter. in it he allegedly confesses to acts against north korea committed during the war and even during his recent trip. according to "royters" he served in a top secret army unit that trained a south army anti-communist group. >> that's what they will say. >> a senior agent wrote about north korea in his book, america and the rogue states. he's not sure if newman will be released, especially if they consider him a war criminal, but he does think newman is being used. >> there's a real possibility that the confession will be used. since this phony confession has been used, to extract something from the united states. >> like in 2009 when kim jong-il. demanded a meeting with president bill clinton before releasing two journalists. but the release of this video has shaken those back home in palo alto. >> i saw the video. i think it's terrible. it's awful. the poor guy. feel bad for i am him. >> newman's family would not comment on the videotape, but did say the swedish ambassador told them that, quote, he is be
at the thanksgiving table. korean war vet merrill newman was taken in to custody by the north koreans as he prepared to leave that country last month. family members are talking for the very first time saying that they're worried about his health and his safety. here's abc's bob woodruff. >> reporter: it's been 30 days since lee newman last heard from merrill newman. her husband of 56 years. now she's breaking her silence. >> we hope whatever the misunderstanding is will be resolved quickly and he can return and be at our table for the holidays. >> reporter: the newman family's big question, why was merrill arrested while the other tourists with him were allowed to fly home? >> they checked out of the hotel. gone it the airport, boarded the plane. and we understand were five minutes from taking off when a korean official came on board and asked to see his passport and he's been there ever since. >> merrill newman served in the korean war which remains a sensitive topic in north korea. first time ever -- i've reported from there five times. always under tight supervision by a government minder. feel
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to neat with merrill newman today. it comes as the u.s. is calling for the 85-year-old's release due to health and anal. north korea today released a video tape shot on november 9th shoeg merrill newman apoll chising for his role -- apologising sfor his role in the korean war. >> protests turned deadly, one killed and others hurt when gunshots from fired. >> 35 protesters in kiev arrested. they were demonstrating at independence square. police entered the crowds, swinging batons. protesters want the government to sign an agreement strengthening their relationship with pt european union. >> syria war has caused 2.2 million to flee to other countries. halve are children. i'm jonathan betz. for more go to aljazeera.com. beer. 200 million barrels are brewed in the u.s. annually. but not all beer is the same. craft beer is not your father's suddens. craft does not belong in your red to go cup. you don't chuck, you sip, you savor it. >> i love craft beer because it is very delicious, and it is constantly evolving, and it has many different behavior flavors, and i feel that i'm i'm constan
being held in north korea. merrill newman's wife and son are standing by to share their story. we'll talk to hem in a moment. they're growing more and more concerned about mr. newman's health. it's been a month since he was mysteriously yanked off a plane and detained by the north koreans. >> reporter: mr. newman's case has brought a lot of concerns. his family has sent medicine, the swedish ambassador to north korea, who handles america's affairs there still has not been allowed to visit newman. there's been no answers from the north koreans, who detained him at the end of what seemed like a benign tourist visit. >> a cheerful postcard from pyongyang to merrill newman to a grandson. we rode the metro the other day, it says. a woman got up, moved across the aisle for me to sit. i said thank you, she said "welcome" in perfect english. we both laughed. on october 26th, five minutes before he flight was to take off, he was pulled from the plane and detained. no one has heard from him. his family is worried about his heart condition. >> for them to do something like this is a finger i
in north korea breaks her silence and is asking for his release. 85 year-old merrill newman, who is a korean war vet, has been held for a month now. leigh newman says, her husband to detainment is in his understanding. she is worried about his health and said madison to beijing with hopes it can be delivered to where ever merrill is being held. --lee newman. lee said she is hoping her husband will be home for the holidays. >>: we need to have a merrill back for the head of the table. we ask respectfully for them to release him and let him come home. >>anny: merrill newman was traveling on a 10 day organize a private tour of north korea of with a traveling companion and the cree and a veteran was getting ready to travel from pyongyang to beijing, when north korean officials to come off the plane. the swedish embassy is negotiating on merrill's behalf since the u.s. has no diplomatic relationship with north korea >>anny: the decision whether or not to release the 911 tapes made from sandy hook elementary after the shooting has been delayed. a connecticut superior court judge said h
newman reading an alleged apology. north korea's state run news agency says newman apologized for killing civilians during the korean war. newman took a trip to the country last month but was pulled off a plane as he was about to leave. the news agency said the government accepted newman's apology implying that he might soon be released. >>> a horrific scene in glasgow scotland where a police helicopter crashed into a crowded pub. police will only say there are numerous casualties. people are still apparently trapped in the building. the helicopter slammed into the roof and one witness says it ended up inside the pub. another witness said the engine appeared to be sputtering and the helicopter dropped out of the sky like a stone. >>> a new jobs report due out next week is expected to show strong gains in the u.s. workforce. among the biggest benefactors? women. >> reporter: just 3% of women working construction, but now there's an unprecedented opportunity to get more of them into the trade. the average male worker is 50 years old and getting closer to retirement. >> it had never occurr
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